Technotropic Romance

 

romance:  

an emotional attraction or aura belonging to an especially heroic era, adventure, or activity.

 

-tropic:

  • Turning or changing in a specified way or in response to a specified stimulus: heliotropic.

  • Affecting or attracted to something specified: psychotropic.

  • a combining form with the meanings “turned toward, with an orientation toward” that specified by the initial element (geotropic), “having an affinity for, affecting” what is specified (lipotropic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” a specified organ (thyrotropic). Compare –trophic

 

As a human race we tend to romanticise whatever we are going through -- especially dark pages in our history -- crusades, wars, even apocalypse. This has become one of the major themes in today’s movies and books. As we advance into our current, technological phase, we realize that this could lead us into catastrophe, armageddon. Technological progress tends to isolate itself from other support systems like morality, religion -- making itself a predominant and self-destructive force. In this era, humanity is no longer in control of its fate. People are ants, building a monstrous tower of Babel, doomed to collapse. But we are still human -- in the midst of cataclysm we still love and dream. Humans are hopeless romantics.